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The Messiah

A Feature film by William Klein

Produced by Kuiv Productions

Release in France : 22/12/1999

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Actors (4)

Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Kuiv Productions

Film exports/foreign sales :

FTD International Cinéma

Co-production :

France 2 Cinéma

French distribution :

Rezo Films

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Everyone knows Handel's oratorio, "The Messiah." Here the nativity, passion and resurrection are evoked through contrasting images of religious fervor and secular violence. The piece is performed all across the world by great stars and by humble amateurs. The oratorio exalts both the grandeur and decadence of this century.


William Klein's work apparently overlooks nothing of today's reality and society's multicolored patterns. The universal figure of Jesus shifts easily from classical icon to total clod, slipping through the busy streets tattooed onto leathery skin, transferred onto heavy-metal T-shirts, molded into silly plastic masks or personified in the theater (adjusting a crown before going on stage). With his usual humor and talent, Klein turns the world's atrocities and joys into a deathly ballet and a blessing, earthly bliss into good news, horror into passion, religious fervor and reconstructions into so many resurrections. The only questions is whether we should laugh or cry.

Marie Colmant – "Cosmopolitain," December 1999

Full credits (5)

Executive Producer :

Michel Rotman

Production managers :

Daniel Edinger, Mahel Ranc

Editor :

Françoise Arnaud

Directors of Photography :

Paco Wiser, Pascal Marti

Press Attachés (film) :

Marie-Anne Capdeville, Thierry Cussinel

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Feature film

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100% French

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1 h 57 min

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Festival Selections

Montreal World Film Festival - 2000

Montreal World Film Festival (Canada, 2000)


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